Wesley Snipes returns as the half-human, half-vampire Marvel comic book hero. Kris Kristofferson is also back as his mentor Whistler. Both are really surprised when the vampire nation sends Nyssa (Leonor Varela) with an offer of truce. They want his help because a new breed of bloodsuckers, called Reapers is attacking vampires and, as Whistler says, that’s worse than the “Daywalker,” the vampire name for Blade. But there’s more to the problem than meets the eye or neck.
Fans of the comic may enjoy this bloodfest, but most may find the gore more than they want to see. “Blade II” creates a poster child for exploitation of violence as entertainment from the opening scene as Blade chases and dispatches a trio of bloodeaters. Vampire bodies explode, burst into flames and turn to ash throughout the film. And, in keeping with the vampire theme, blood flows freely. Special effects take gruesomeness to new depths as bodies are sliced in half, with internal organs revealed. The reapers have a mouth that lets the jaw split and swing open to reveal a multi-forked tongue that bears a strong “Alien” look. And mixed into this gorefest are almost forty obscenities and a few strong profanities. Graphic and gory violence in “Blade II” doesn’t cut it as acceptable viewing.